A Teacher’s Influence Never Stops
Remember that California teen who moved in with her 41-year-old teacher shortly after her 18th birthday? Well, her mom is fuming (I don’t blame her) and with the help of a California law maker, is fighting for a law that could send her daughter’s former teacher – who now is her live-in boyfriend – to jail.
Take a look at this video from ABC News.
VIDEO: Mom of teen fights for law
As a parent to two boys who will one day be teens, I’m glad that this mother is taking a stand. In my opinion, teachers have a responsibility to educate our children and keep them safe – and not to find their next love interest. That’s what Match.com is for. I mean come on, these people get paid with tax-payers’ money (my money and YOURS) to help prepare these kids for college and beyond – and not to strike up steamy love affairs in the classroom. Can you imagine how confusing and DISTRACTING it is to a teen who is carrying on a secret relationship with a teacher? Don’t teens have enough to handle with peer pressure, raging hormones and self-esteem issues without getting mixed up with a faculty member? How can they concentrate? How can they learn? How can they function socially? How can a teen develop into healthy and confident individual if the very teacher she is supposed to look up to is too busy seducing her rather than inspiring academic excellence and a life-long love of learning?
To paraphrase Henry Brooks Adams, a 19th novelist and educator:
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”